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For me, art is a tool of empowerment- it is one of the few aspects of modern life in which the only constraints are those imposed upon the self, in which there are no rules. I gravitate primarily to digital photography because through this medium the world becomes infinitely malleable; it allows me to re-make reality as I see fit, to perfect, to depict a mood, to draw vitality, delicacy, depth or allure out of the mundane. I love the digital medium because of the infinite possibilities it affords the artist.
Specifically, digital manipulation allows me to reduce the original image down to its most fundamental constituents. I often work on a single pixel level, painstakingly reworking the geometry of lines and angles, moving elements to balance compositions and removing a great deal of extraneous detail which would otherwise distract from the clarity and substance of a piece. The process of revision can take weeks; a final image is often comprised of hundreds of layers, most of which, beyond sweeping changes in light and contrast, are dedicated toward perfecting the subtleties and minutiae necessary to give the final work cohesive definitude. I never stop working until I am satisfied with the outcome. In the end, on the occasions when I am successful, the original image is seamlessly distilled down to the essence of that which I seek to convey.
In terms of content, I am inherently drawn to images which communicate natural harmony, linear flow, precision and contrast. I am fascinated by the inevitable change and deterioration of corporeal things- from ancient and modern artifacts to biological systems. As I grow and gain confidence as an artist, I find that my work is evolving toward bolder colors and subject matter. I enjoy symbolism and metaphors, which I sometimes express through my titular choices.
Until now, my work has primarily been for myself. Five years ago a debilitating neurological disorder forced me to give up my career in high-end digital media. I was utterly unprepared for this life change and did not handle it well. When I began taking photographs in 2007, I discovered that the act of creation afforded me a sense of control over my world, a feeling of accomplishment and a means of focusing on something other than fatigue or physical pain. I have, with a few exceptions, kept my work as something private- for myself, family and friends, but I think the time has come to share it with others on a larger scale.
It may be considered practical for an artist to choose a cohesive aesthetic for one's portfolio. However, I have as many varied conceptions of beauty as there are facets of my psyche- therefore, there are manifold, diverse impressions that I seek to impart through my art. My frame of mind and physical surroundings play an influential part in each piece- hence the existence of what may be perceived as vagaries in my portfolio. In fact, after much consideration, I have intentionally chosen for review here several representative samples of many different general themes and styles that are repeated throughout my overall body of work.
On a final note, digital art- whether design, photography, or multimedia, has not yet achieved full acceptance as legitimate fine art form in all quarters of the traditional art establishment. This, I believe, is a natural reaction, particularly on the part of classical photographers. Change, in any form, always takes time and patience. I do not see a conflict between digital photography and traditional photography because the processes, techniques, equipment and goals of these two methods of artistic creation are so vastly dissimilar. Each medium has its discrete challenges and advantages. So I shall end this statement as I began, with the assertion that art, finally, is without constraints or rules. I am grateful to galleries such as the Agora Gallery in New York and forums such as ArtSlant for helping to support digital work as a respected and legitimate art form, and I am impatiently eager to watch as the medium evolves, both practically and in terms of public perception, over the years to come.
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